Blue Saturday: Rants From The Recliner

Whodathought my sweetie would have followed my advice to the letter?

This morning, when discussing the day, I advised her of my intentions to park in my recliner, clicker in hand, beverages and snacks within reach, and nurture my inner Coach Potato.

When I just called, inquiring as to her whereabouts, she advised, rather defiantly I might add, “You said you didn’t care when I came home. So, I’m out and about.”


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She didn’t even give me a chance to advise what a bad, bad, double bad, blue, blue, blue on blue heartache on heartache day it’s been for the Bluegrass.

I didn’t get to watch the entirety of Kentucky’s woeful performance in the BBBVCCBAAA Bowl.

What I did see was down right disturbing.

Whatever has Joker Phillips and his staff been doing for the last month?

Correct answer: Apparently not very much. At least, football wise.

The Cats were drawn and quartered, then turned into Panther Stew by the most disheveled program in the land. Geesh. It was U*G*L*Y.

Pitt (Coachless, floundering, underachieving Pitt) 27, UK 10.

It wasn’t that close.

I didn’t watch with a discerning eye, so I can’t totally break it down.

When I watched it appeared Kentucky’s front was getting whipped. And it now seems apparent why Phillips went with Hartline this season, instead of Morgan Newton. Newton was the most ineffectual 21/36 in the air you’ll ever see.

Mistakes. Lack of focus. It was simply a very disturbing and, frankly, dumbfounding effort by UK.

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The Big Blue Nation’s heartburn only got worse after what happened later this afternoon to John Calipari’s hoopsters in Athens.

UK stands 0-1 in the SEC, after being measured by Mark Fox’s feisty Georgia Bulldogs, 77-70.

Again, I watched only enough of this game to say something really stupid.

I note that UK’s big six played 192 of 200 minutes of the game. Liggins and Miller fouled out. Terrence Jones was saddled with 4. UK was only 27/71 from the field.

Georgia was 30/34 from the line. Home cooking? Didn’t see enough of the game to opine. I trust the BBN is certain of that proposition.

Georgia got on top early, withstood UK’s second half comeback and held on at crunch time.

Were I a Cat fan, I’d be sad, of course, but would hope I realized it’s still a group of mostly youngsters, playing a solid team in a conference game on the road. These affairs are never a given W.

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I’ve seen enough of Syracuse, Pitt, St. John’s, UConn, West Virginia,Providence, Georgetown and Marquette to believe U of L is in big trouble in the BEast.

As a Card fan, I’d take 9-9 in the league right now, and hold my breath on Selection Sunday.

If the Cards do better than that, I promise I won’t say one bad thing about The Rick for a week. If the Cards play as expected, I shan’t be the only one wondering what ever happened to the Rick Pitino U of L thought they were hiring a decade ago?

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Speaking of officiating, I did see the worst bit of it I can recall. (At least since Western Ky was jobbed in the Mideast Regional final decades ago, when the refs called a foul on the Toppers on a jump ball in the last minute, which gave the game to Michigan’s Wolverines.)

Eastern Washington was driving late in the fourth against Joe Biden’s Delaware Blue Hens in the FCS title game. Yes, kids, those real student athletes actually have a playoff.

On a 4th down play, there was a very close measurement. First down, EW.

Then the refs, or the guys in the booth, called for a review. Re-measurement, they ordered. Except that the chains had already been moved downfield. They did one anyway, and the call stood.

The left coasters scored and won the game with another comeback like several before this season.

But, I still need to have somebody tell me how they could re-measure after the chains had already  been moved?

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Seattle’s Losers are holding up against New Orleans as I write.

Nine minutes to go, and the world champs are down 4.

Gonna be interesting.


– Seedy K


  1. ralfyves
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Typically in a college game, the chain crew will work with 2 clips to mark the backside of the 5 yd mark (5, 10, 15, etc) that is furthest from the line of gain. The first clip is for the current line to gain, the second is for the subsequent line to gain. So setting up the chains to the previous line to gain would be elementary.

  2. ralfyves
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, subsequent should read previous.

  3. cbcard
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Nah, Jim Burr did the measurement.

  4. gnash001
    Posted January 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Regarding Georgia’s free throw shooting; the more telling stat is that, going into the game the Dogs were shooting 62% from the charity line. Any true BBN fan will be glad to tell you that UK always makes teams play better.

    Wonder what happened when the Cards played them?

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